The Atlantic Coast Pipeline team is eager to get back to work so we can bring cleaner energy, economic development and good paying jobs to our region. Unfortunately, permitting issues have temporarily stopped this progress. Two of the project’s federal permits are currently held up in the courts. We’re confident the project’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permits will be reinstated by the end of this year, which will allow us to resume construction on some parts of the project. The second permit, allowing the ACP to cross 600 feet below a small section of the Appalachian Trail, was invalidated by a federal appeals court in late 2018. The ACP would be one of dozens of pipelines that have safely operated underneath the trail for many decades.
We disagree with the appeals court’s decision but respect the legal process. In June 2019 we appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, and by October 2019 the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear our case. If the case is heard by the Court, we would argue the case in front of the Court in early 2020 and expect a decision by June. We are confident the Supreme Court will hear the case and decide in our favor, which would allow us to resume full construction next summer. Our commitment to this project has not changed, only our timeline. We thank you for your continued support.